Before the Mirror Saying Goodbye to Very Young Children john Updike was an American Novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic and literary critic.
-John Hoyer Updike was born on March 18th 1932 in Pennsylvania, he was the only child of Linda Grace and Wesley Russell Updike.
-At the age of 13, his family moved to Plowville where his mother was born.
-He was always a brilliant child, He attended Shellington High School where he was Class President and Co-Valedictorian.
-He got a tuition scholarship to Harvard University where he majored in English.
-In Harvard , he wrote stories for one of their magazines called "Harvard Lampoon Humor" and his senior year he became president of the magazine.
-As an undergraduate, he wrote stories and drew cartoons for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine, serving as the magazine's president in his senior year.
John Hoyer Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1932. Up until the age of 13 he lived in Shillington, near Reading (where his father was a science teacher) before moving to Plowville, PA. As a child he suffered from psoriasis and stammered, but, with the encouragement of his mother, found an outlet in writing and reading - consuming mysteries by the likes of Erle Stanley Gardner, Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr. He attended Harvard (which he chose because it was the home of the Harvard which he first contributed to, and later edited)He once said, "My inability to read bravely as a boy had this advantage: when I went to college, I was a true tabula rasa, and received gratefully the imprint of my instructors' opinion...
John Updikes sixth collection of essays and literary criticism opens with a skeptical overview of literary biographies, proceeds to five essays on topics ranging from China and small change to faith and late works, and takes up, under the heading General Considerations, books, poker, cars, and the American libido. The last, informal section of Due Considerations assembles more or less autobiographical piecesreminiscences, friendly forewords, comments on the authors own recent works, responses to probing questions.